Sept. 4, 2012
|WHAT THEY'RE SAYING...
Past and present teammates and coaches comment on their experiences with Moscato
"Carmelina is an incredible woman with a true hunger for life and all it has to offer. As a player, she brings skill, poise with a little bit of flair, but what sets her apart from most is her incredible understanding of the game. I always believed she was destined to be a teacher of the game, her passion and enthusiasm is hard to come by and she will bring so much to the Wisconsin program and family." -Melissa Tancredi, current member of bronze-medal winning Canadian women's national team
"Wisconsin is fortunate to have such a high-quality coach, role model and person working on its staff. Carm is one of the best and brightest young coaches in the country and will certainly help Wisconsin achieve its goals."
-University of Louisville Head Coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes
"It's been an absolute honor to play beside her all these years and watch her grow into such an incredible person on and off the field. With all her opinions and her hard work behind the scenes - whether tactical or technical, she will undoubtedly make the soccer program at Wisconsin even more of a success."
-Erin McLeod, Canadian Women's National Team GK
MADISON, Wis. -- Canadian women's national soccer team member and 2012 Summer Olympic Games bronze medalist, Carmelina Moscato, is set to join the University of Wisconsin women's soccer coaching staff as an assistant, head coach Paula Wilkins announced Tuesday.
"We are extremely excited to have Carmelina join our staff," Wilkins said. "She was my first recruit at Penn State and made a huge impact as a player and student-athlete, both on and off the field, and I feel that her presence alone will have an immediate impact on our program at Wisconsin."
Most recently, Moscato served as Canada's starting center back during all six matches of the 2012 Summer Olympics, playing a vital role in her native country earning its first-ever medal in Olympic competition.
Moscato, who was coaching at the University of Louisville during Canada's eighth-place finish at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, guided the Canadian women's national team to a third-place finish in London this summer after defeating France, 1-0 and falling one-goal short of tying the U.S. for a spot in the gold-medal game.
Moscato, who played for Wilkins from 2002-05 at Penn State, brings a wealth of on-field experience, as well as three years of collegiate coaching knowledge to the women's soccer staff at Wisconsin.
Before helping the Canadian women's national team to a first-place finish at the 2010 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Mexico, Moscato spent three seasons as an assistant coach with Louisville's women's soccer program.
"I think it's important, here at Wisconsin, that we build and sustain a family-oriented group and I believe Carmelina's acquisition will be huge in maintaining this," Wilkins said. "She has such a high training standard from playing internationally in both the Olympics and multiple World Cups, and to have someone like her join our staff will be very beneficial in helping the players here at UW better achieve their goals and have continued success throughout their careers."
The Penn State grad's playing experience is extensive and includes a pair of silver medals and multiple appearances in the FIFA Women's World Cup. Moscato earned her first silver medal during the FIFA U-19 Inaugural World Championships in 2002, before leading Canada to a third-place finish and a spot in the 2012 London Games during the CONCACAF Olympic qualification tournament earlier this year.
As a member of Penn State's women's soccer team from 2002-05, Moscato was a member of all four Big Ten regular season championships, helping the Nittany Lions earn appearances in the College Cup semifinals during both the 2002 and 2005 seasons.
Moscato earned her Bachelor's degree in communications arts and sciences, with a minor in business, from Penn State in December of 2006.